Pediatric electric bicycle injuries: The experience of a large urban tertiary care pediatric hospital

Karin Hermon, Tali Capua, Miguel Glatstein*, Dennis Scolnik, Oren Tavor, Ayelet Rimon

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Abstract

Background Electric bicycles (E-bikes) are one of a wide range of light electric vehicles that provide convenient local transportation and attractive recreational opportunities. The aim of this study was to report E-bike-related injuries in children presenting to a trauma center. Methods Retrospective observational study, from December 2014 to November 2015, which included all pediatrics patients admitted to the emergency department with an injury related to E-bike use, was performed. Results A total of 97 E-bike injuries presented to the emergency department during this period. Mean age of E-bikers was 13.7 years (range, 7.5-16 years). Injuries to the head and the upper and the lower extremities were the most common. Thirteen patients (15%) were admitted, and 4 underwent surgery. Conclusions Children are mainly injured as riders when using E-bikes. There is a need for regulation regarding the use of E-bikes to enhance the safety of both bikers and other road and pavement users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e343-e345
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • electric bicycle
  • helmet
  • injury

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